Carson-Newman takes steps towards university status

Carson-Newman takes steps towards university status

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JEFFERSON CITY (WATE) - Administrators at Carson-Newman College took their first steps Friday towards becoming Carson-Newman University.

The school's board of trustees unanimously voted to begin the process of changing the institution's name, which would go into effect after the first of the year. 

The decision follows months of study conducted by school officials, and precedes the school's steps to change its charter with the state.

Carson-Newman has long offered master level programs, qualifying it as a university.  The institution currently offers 50 undergraduate majors and seven graduate degrees. 

Pending approval by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), Carson-Newman will also offer a Doctor of Education degree in fall of 2013.

"We are excited about this new chapter in the life of Carson-Newman," said Board Chair Larry Waters. "This decision was not taken lightly, but has been a part of a methodical process of building upon proven successes along with new initiatives and programs."

Carson-Newman officials believe that the name change will assist in recruiting, particularly internationally.

The school was founded in 1851 as Mossy Creek Missionary Baptist Seminary and has undergone several name changes throughout its history. 

It has held the name Carson-Newman College since 1930.      

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